Former Makhachkala Mayor Jailed For Planning Terrorist Act
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | July 09, 2014
The former mayor of the Daghestani capital, Makhachkala, has been sentenced to 10 years in a maximum-security jail.
Russia’s North Caucasus Regional Military Court found Said Amirov guilty of planning a terrorist act and illegal weapons possession on July 9 and sentenced him the same day.
Amirov was arrested in June 2013 and charged with involvement in plotting a missile attack against a plane carrying Sagid Murtazaliev, the head of the Russian Pension Fund’s branch in Daghestan, and of organizing the 2011 murder of Investigative Committee official Arsen Gadzhibekov.
Amirov’s co-defendant, the former deputy mayor of the city of Kaspiisk, Yusup Dzhaparov, received 8 1/2 years in jail on the same charges.
Both had pleaded not guilty.
Amirov, 60, became Makhachkala’s first elected mayor in 1998. An assassination attempt in 1993 left him wheelchair-bound.
Russian Ex-Mayor Guilty in Plot to Murder Rival With Anti-Aircraft Missile
The Moscow Times | Jul. 09 2014
The former mayor of the capital city of Russia’s restive Dagestan region was convicted on Wednesday of plotting to assassinate a rival official by shooting down the man’s plane with an anti-aircraft missile.
Said Amirov, who faces 13 years in prison, was the mayor of Makhachkala, in southern Russia, for 15 years before he was arrested over the assassination plot last year. He had been re-elected four times during his time at the post, and more than 15 documented attempts were made on his life.
In the fall of last year, prosecutors charged Amirov with plotting to shoot down the plane of the Dagestan Pension Fund’s influential chairman, Sagid Murtazaliyev, and illegally acquiring a Strela-2M handheld rocket launcher to perform what prosecutors considered a "terrorist attack," state news agency ITAR-Tass reports.
Amirov’s nephew, Yuruf Dzhaparov, the former deputy mayor of the southern city of Kaspiisk, was also found guilty of conspiring with his uncle. Prosecutors have requested that Dzhaparov be imprisoned for 11 years.
Amirov was also accused of organizing the 2011 assassination of one of his region’s top investigators, Arsen Gadzhibekov.
Court sentences Said Amirov and Yusup Djaparov to 10 and 8.5 years of imprisonment
Caucasian Knot | 09 July 2014
The North-Caucasian District Military Court has found both Said Amirov, dismissed Mayor of Makhachkala, and his nephew Yusup Djaparov, guilty of plotting a terror act, and sentenced them to 10 and 8.5 years of imprisonment, respectively. This was reported by the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent from the courtroom.
Said Amirov is to serve his sentence in a high-security penal colony. The sentence period starts from the date of his detention.
The Court found untenable the defence’s statements that the witnesses allegedly gave their testimonies under torture.
Let us remind you that the defendants did not admit their guilt in the crimes imputed to them.
The defence of Said Amirov has stated the sentence is unlawful and announced its intention to appeal against it.
According to the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent, supporters and family members of Said Amirov have also expressed their dissatisfaction with the verdict. "Shame!" shouted one of the persons, who attended the trial. Being dissatisfied with the verdict, the people have claimed that the verdict ignores the testimonies given by the defence witnesses and the achievements of Said Amirov.
Author: Oleg Pchelov; Source: CK correspondent
ICRF: Said Amirov may face new charges
Caucasian Knot | 09 July 2014
Staff members of the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF) did not stop their activities to reveal and investigate the crimes involving Said Amirov, Mayor of Makhachkala, who was dismissed from office. In this connection, investigator may reveal new episodes of his criminal activities. This has been reported today by Vladimir Markin, Spokesperson of the ICRF.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in December 2013, the ICRF announced the completion of the investigations against Said Amirov. He was charged with plotting a terror act to assassinate Sagid Murtazaliev, the head of the Russian Pension Fund for Dagestan, and organizing arms trafficking.
Furthermore, staff members of the ICRF believe that Said Amir was involved in the murder of investigator Arsen Gadjibekov. According to the investigators, the Arsen Gadjibekov’s murder was ordered by Said Amirov and organized by Magomed Abdulgalimov, Assistant Prosecutor of Kizlyar. The investigators believe the crime was committed by Magomed Kadiev, and Yusup Djaparov, Deputy Mayor of Kaspiysk, and Magomed Akhmedov, an investigator from the Kirov ROVD (District Interior Division) of Makhachkala, are involved in the criminal case as accomplices.
"The criminal case on the Arsen Gadjibekov’s murder is to be finished soon," the "LifeNews" quotes Vladimir Markin as saying today.
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